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In Asbury Park: Little League Appreciation Day March 31

  The Harold Daley – VFW Post No. 1333 in Asbury Park  will host an Asbury Park Little League Appreciation Day on Sat., March 31 from noon to 2 p.m. at the VFW Building located at 701 Lake Avenue.  This event is open to the public. A long-time supporter of the A.P. Little League, the VFW will be hosting this pre-season event to help highlight the Little League program to the community.   This fun day will feature not only fun activities for the kids such as bouncy houses and ping pong tables, but also music will be provided by a DJ.   Hot…

Tinton Falls Homeowners Will See Savings on Tax Bills

  By PETE WALTON Property taxes collected for municipal purposes in Tinton Falls will increase by 2.4 percent in 2018, according to the Borough Council’s proposed budget but the average homeowner, however, will see a decrease in the amount they pay for borough services. The amount to be raised by local taxes for borough purposes in 2018 will be $15,570,412, according to the proposed budget. A total of $15,196,681 was raised for 2017, according to a summary of the 2017 budget published on the borough website. The council will hold its 2018 budget hearing on April 17. Mayor Vito Perillo, who…

Lobster Run Back On Asbury Park Boardwalk

  Lace up your running shoes and dig out your lobster bibs for the 3rd Annual Lobster Run/Walk 5k to Care for the Coast, on Sat., April 7 in Asbury Park. Event proceeds will benefit the American Littoral Society. This year the event returns to an afternoon start, which will be followed by an optional after-party featuring fabulous food and drink from Asbury Park’s Langosta Lounge, and lobster from The Lusty Lobster of Highlands. This limited-registration event will have a rolling start from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., with food from 2:20 to 4 p.m. and start/finish outside the Langosta Lounge,1000 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park.…

Donations Sought for Rummage Sale

  St. Paul’s Church in Ocean Grove will host its Spring Rummage Sale on Friday, April 6  from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  and Sat., April 7 from 9 a.m. to noon. This event directly benefits many people in the community who would not ordinarily be able to afford retail prices on household items and clothing. The profits made from the sale fund important ministries such as the St. Paul’s Angel Fund which financially assists local families faced with unforeseen emergencies. Donations of new and/or ‘gently used and cleaned’ clothing and shoes, handbags & accessories, linens, china/housewares, books, wall decor, kitchen…

Bradley Beach Seeking Solutions to More Parking

  By PETE WALTON Bradley Beach officials will obtain appraisals on two Fifth Avenue properties as they consider options for more parking near Main Street. Mayor Gary Engelstad said the borough is not committed to buying the single-family residences at 705 and 707 Fifth Ave. but is simply exploring its options. “We just want to see what the price is,” the mayor said. Engelstad told a resident who inquired that 18 parking spaces could be created on the lots. The Borough Council voted at its meeting this week to pay Stern and Dragoset of Woodbridge $1,500 and Benchmark Appraisal of…

The Question is….

  The Coaster asks, “Has your opinion of Donald Trump gone up or down since he took office?”

City Church Celebrates Three Years

  A local church recently celebrated its third anniversary of bringing God into the lives of ordinary citizens in Asbury Park. According to a release from the church the Boardwalk Vineyard Church, 1003 Asbury Ave., is a unified community of ordinary men, women, and children who have the faith to believe that Asbury Park and the Jersey Shore region will be impacted by the love of God in their everyday lives. “Our vision is to restore people and families with the transforming love of God.  There are a few ways that we do this,” said Ali Maciunski, co-pastor. Every Sunday before and…

Christopher Lloyd in Asbury Park for Film Festival

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Finishing touches are being put on this weekend’s Garden State Film Festival as it prepares to blanket Asbury Park with movies, galas and celebrities. Event Organizer Diane Raver said she has, no surprise, many last minute details to attend to, but her most important as of Tuesday was “doing a last minute no snow dance” as the fourth nor’easter of the month was getting ready to bear down on the shore. But Raver is confident that with all the preparations already done and the help of city officials, the Jersey Shore Arts Center and iStar, the festival…

Avon Teen Organizes Fish Fry to Raise Funds for Charity

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI An Avon Elementary School eighth grader decided it was time for the new generation to step up to the plate. Lily Buerck, 14, applied to be chosen for this year’s class of Henrik Lundqvist Foundation’s Young  Ambassadors Program. The Henrik Lundqvist Foundation was founded by the famous Swedish hockey player and raises money for a variety of charities in New York, Sweden and the Dominican Republic. Lily, says her mother Gabi, has always had an interest in politics and government. “She has always been very civic minded, that’s what she wants to do when she…

Hope Fund Seeks Applications

  The Community Hope Fund, a non-profit, registered 501 (c) 3 organization dedicated to promoting positive youth development and supporting charitable needs in Ocean Township and neighboring communities, is once again announcing the Request For Proposal for its Youth Development Grant Program. Through this program, CHF supports local initiatives that employ innovative and research-based models to promote youth development. Specifically, CHF is looking for local programs that build “Developmental Assets” in youth. These assets are the 40 positive experiences and personal qualities that help determine whether youth make good or bad decisions. This year, the Community Hope Fund will award…